The next few weeks are very few busy for Mahira Khan … and it’s not just because her upcoming movie, Saat Din Mohabbat In, is gearing for an Eid release.
The actor is, in fact, busy mentally sifting through wardrobe and styling options because over the next week she’ll be heading out to the International Cannes Film Festival, representing L’Oreal Paris Pakistan Haircare as their official spokesperson in Pakistan.
“I am quite sure that my hair will be open given that I am associated with L’Oreal Paris Pakistan Haircare,” reveals Mahira, “but I don’t know yet what I’ll be wearing … whether I’ll be opting for more traditional clothes or Western couture. It’s slightly nerve-racking although simultaneously exciting.”
The prospect of attending Cannes is, of course, exciting given that it is one of the most illustrious film-centric festivals in the world. L’Oreal Paris has been an official partner to the festival for more than two decades now, emphasising its dedication to uniting cinema with beauty.
The brand hosts Cannes soirees and particularly gets highlighted with the considerable entourage of illustrious L’Oreal representatives that walk down the festival’s red carpet. The list is quite extensive and very impressive, ranging from Julianne Moore, Jane Fonda and Eva Longoria to major Bollywood actresses like Sonam Kapoor and Aishwariya Rai.
Mahira joins the group this year, becoming the brand’s first representative from Pakistan and further affirming her unique position as an international face for her country.
Cannes is a festival that every actor looks up to. I am glad that I got this opportunity.
“Cannes is a festival that every actor looks up to,” says Mahira. “I am glad that I got this opportunity. L’Oreal Paris Pakistan represents women of worth and it’s something that I value greatly. When I was announced as the brand’s spokesperson I gave an impromptu speech on how we cannot let anyone define our worth. I stand by it.”
Has she thought out about how she’ll be addressing questions related to Pakistan asked by the foreign press? “I am not too worried about that,” she says, “I always have it in mind that I am representing my country wherever I am and I make sure that I answer all queries honestly.”
Wardrobe woes, then, are foremost on her mind right now. We’re hoping that she makes Pakistan shine on the Cannes red carpet. We’ll be following her via social media every step of the way!